SkillsUSA South Carolina Update

Advisor Update Archive (2019-2020)


SkillsUSA South Carolina

Advisor Update

June 30, 2020

Farewell Advisors


Today is my last day as your State Executive Director, but I am not going far.  While my journey with SkillsUSA has only been for the past four years, I feel a great passion for SkillsUSA and that I am part of the SkillsUSA family.  I hope to see many of you in the coming years at SkillsUSA events.


I want to congratulate both Joe Chapman for being named the SkillsUSA National Advisor of the Year and the Center for Advanced Technical Studies, for being named one of the 24 National Models of Excellence chapters this year.  Every time I have talked with someone regarding SkillsUSA over the past 4 years, I have emphasized that SkillsUSA is not just about the competition but that it is a comprehensive program that should be integrated into your classrooms on a daily basis for all of your students. The competition is just one aspect of SkillsUSA. This is exemplified by what the Center for Advanced Technical Studies has done this year by incorporating all aspects of the SkillsUSA Program of Work into their school’s chapter. They utilized the SkillsUSA Frameworks, Career Essentials Suite, intentional community service, leadership development, Community Open House, Business partnerships and much more.


Next year, plan to make SkillsUSA an important aspect of your classroom for all of your students, beginning day one. This will be the best way for your students to benefit from all that SkillsUSA has to offer.


Please welcome and give your support to your new Executive Director, Madison Kenney, as she takes over the reins of SkillsUSA South Carolina tomorrow.  Her email address is

2020-2021 Theme Announced



The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2020-21 school year is:

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Empowered to Succeed

The topic to be addressed by contestants in the 2021 SkillsUSA Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is our theme, “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Empowered to Succeed.”

Joseph Chapman Wins

SkillsUSA “Advisor of the Year” National Award for Excellence


A South Carolina teacher was named the 2020 SkillsUSA National Advisor of the Year today. The award was presented to Joseph Chapman, a law enforcement services instructor at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in Chapin, S.C., on June 26 at a virtual recognition ceremony. SkillsUSA created the Advisor of the Year award to recognize and honor dedicated career and technical education instructors who serve as SkillsUSA advisors.


Joining the staff at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in 2017, Chapman became the lead advisor for their SkillsUSA chapter in 2018. He quickly gained numerous instructor-level certifications and accolades, including the SkillsUSA Career Essentials teacher certification, 2020 Teacher of the Year for his school and 2020 SkillsUSA South Carolina Advisor of the Year. SkillsUSA has become a large part of Chapman’s life, as he has dedicated himself to the success of America’s future workforce by intentionally integrating the SkillsUSA Framework into the culture of his classroom and chapter. This year, under his leadership, their SkillsUSA chapter accumulated over 1,100 hours of professional development, over 500 hours of community service, became the largest CTSO in their school district and was named one of SkillsUSA’s top 24 Models of Excellence schools for 2020. The chapter has also had multiple state officers for consecutive years. Chapman has a strong belief that influencing others to become better versions of themselves is the most important role he can play. Chapman graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice and spent 11 years as a deputy with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, four years as an instructor earning numerous awards.


Earlier this year, Chapman was named SkillsUSA South Carolina 2020 Advisor of the Year and then 2020 Regional Advisor of the Year for his 10-state SkillsUSA region.


“Joseph is a SkillsUSA champion with a true passion for helping students develop their talents and leadership,” said Chelle Travis, executive director of SkillsUSA. “He supports quality programming for students built around the SkillsUSA Framework, which prepares them for further education or joining America’s skilled workforce,” she added.